“New” Antique Engagement Rings
Antique engagement rings are all the rage. Celebrities are no exception to this rule. From Eva Longoria to Gwyneth Paltrow to Jennifer Hudson, old is new when it comes to engagement rings.
But you don’t have to be a celebrity to appreciate antique engagement rings, and you don’t need to have your great grandmother’s ring stashed away in your jewelry box to sport an antique look.
Custom jewelers, like Vanessa Nicole Jewels in San Diego, California, are able to design brand new, never worn rings that fit your unique taste and style – while offering the same distinctive look of antique engagement rings.
Tips for Replicating Antique Engagement Rings
1) Start by deciding what type of metal you want your ring forged from; white gold, yellow gold and platinum are three classic, and common, choices. When it comes to antique rings, platinum is most often selected because of its affinity for intricate metalwork.
2) After you have your metal choice squared away, the next step is to design a band that provides a vintage, love-struck look.
Bands with textures and engravings look instantly antique. Another simple style choice that makes a brand new ring look vintage is a large top tapering down to a thin band.
Determining a Diamond Cut
Rose cut: Once you have a metal choice and band design in mind, the next component to tackle is the cut of the diamond in your ring. Antique engagement rings commonly feature rose-cut, old mine-cut and European-cut diamonds.
Round cut: By contrast, the most common cut for new diamond rings today is the round brilliant cut. The European-cut is distinguished by its eight-point star design that quickly becomes visible when looking straight down on the stone.
Old mine cut: The old mine cut dates back to the seventeenth century and is similar in so many ways to the round brilliant cut that it is often called its predecessor. The old mine cut didn’t require a diamond saw so it, along with the European cut, were the standards of their day. Old mine cut diamonds are distinguished by their bezels, stars and pavilion mains and usually feature heavy, deep cuts.
Rose cut diamond: The last of the antique cuts, the rose cut diamond, debuted in the sixteenth century and remained popular into the late eighteenth century. Hallmarks of rose cut diamonds include flat bottoms rimmed with domed tops covered in triangular facets. Late eighteenth century rose cut diamonds commonly featured 18 facets; if your diamond has irregular cuts that resemble a rose in full bloom, your engagement ring will gain an antique look.
Selecting a size of diamond is the final step in replicating antique engagement rings. When it comes to engagement rings, big is not always better. Diamonds under 1ct. or around .70ct are often perfect. Frame a clear .70ct. rose, European or old mine cut diamond with smaller stones such as small diamonds, sapphires or even opals to give your engagement ring a truly antique look.
Chances are good that you may have a hard time finding an antique engagement ring that perfectly captures the look and style you want. Don’t waste your time hunting through every antique store in your state. Instead, have an antique engagement ring custom designed for you by Vanessa Nicole Jewels. Based in San Diego, Vanessa designs custom rings for clients all over the nation, and she has the experience, professionalism and service necessary to complete such a delicate project to your exact specifications.
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